[LISdocstudents] LISdocstudents Digest, Vol 2, Issue 5

Eve Bigras eve.paquette-bigras at umontreal.ca
Mon May 20 17:14:22 EDT 2013

Bonjour tout le monde,

I'm Ève and I'm a first year PhD student at the École de 
bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information. A French-speaking 
ALA-accredited LIS department at the Université de Montréal located, 
well, in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

There are about 15 other PhD students or PhD candidates in my IS 
program. Here's a list of every one of them and their research subject: 

Some want to get an academic position after their degree, some don't, 
many have no idea if they want to or not, and one has one already. It 
doesn't say much about the/your future. But, if you take a look at our 
professors resumes, most of them have a PhD + a postdoc. Plus they have 
published, published and published.

If you stop by Montreal, you're welcome to come visit us at the École. 
Maybe you would want to apply for an academic position here.


Ève Paquette-Bigras
Étudiante au doctorat en sciences de l'information
École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information
Université de Montréal
514-343-6111 poste 3045

Le 2013-05-20 16:05, Amalia S. Levi a écrit :
> Hi Nicole (and all),
> I'm Amalia, PhD student (hopefully candidate as of June) at the 
> iSchool, University of Maryland.
> In our PhD program, we're approximately 25-30 people, but only 3 of us 
> really doing Archives and/or Records Management. Our program has a 
> really strong social sciences focus, so many doctoral students do this 
> kind of research (for example, many people do Public Policy, Citizen 
> Science, Human Computer Interaction, and many do research more towards 
> Information Science--such as natural language processing, topic 
> modeling, machine learning etc.).
> While I do not know for sure, I know that maybe about 1/3 (as Jonathan 
> mentioned too) will apply for faculty positions in iSchools--other 
> people might go into industry, government etc.
> What I see as an advantage for the type of research I do (combining 
> information studies with humanities) is that many people combine two 
> disciplines, and so can be "marketable" to two different departments. 
> I see myself as applying to History departments too, or having a joint 
> appointment.
> Regards,
> Amalia S. Levi
> iSchool, UMD
>     On 2013-05-18, at 01:03, Nicole Gaston wrote:
>     Hello everybody,
>     I'm Nicole and I'm in the final stages of  PhD in Information
>     Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
>     I plan to submit before the end of July and will hopefully
>     successfully defend my thesis before the end of the year.
>     The LIS programme here in NZ is very small - Victoria is the only
>     university in the country with a MIS programme and there are only
>     about 8 or 9 people doing PhDs in information studies/LIS topics
>     at the moment.  Most of my cohort are not New Zealanders - and the
>     majority of them have arrangements with their home country
>     universities to return to lecturing jobs once they have completed
>     their PhDs here.
>     I'm just wondering if any other members of this list can comment
>     on the size of their LIS PhD cohort at their universities?
>     I'm trying to get an idea of how many people will be applying for
>     upcoming lecturing/academic positions within the next year :)
>     My perception (which may be completely wrong) is that within LIS
>     finding academic positions may be slightly less difficult than
>     other disciplines.  For example, an associate of mine nearing PhD
>     completion in the School of Architecture told me he has 15 other
>     colleagues just within his own school who will be looking for
>     academic positions in the next year.     At least in this part of
>     the world, we don't have that many people doing PhDs in LIS.
>      WIthin my school, I may be the only LIS PhD trying to find an
>     entry-level academic posting within the last 2 years and for next
>     3 years.  However, most likely the number of architecture
>     programmes worldwide outnumber MLIS/MIS/LIS programmes.
>     What is the situation in the rest of the world?
>     What do you plan to do once you finish your PhDs?
>     On a somewhat related topic, this is an interesting article from
>     the Economist a few years ago about the state of PhD education and
>     hope of employment:
>     http://www.economist.com/node/17723223?fb_ref=activity
>     Hopefully this article doesn't put any new-ish students off
>     continuing the PhD journey!!
>     Warm regards,
>     Nicole
>     Nicole Marie Gaston, MLIS
>     nicolemgaston at gmail.com
>     <mailto:nicolemgaston at gmail.com><mailto:nicolemgaston at gmail.com
>     <mailto:nicolemgaston at gmail.com>>
>     nicole.gaston at vuw.ac.nz
>     <mailto:nicole.gaston at vuw.ac.nz><mailto:nicole.gaston at vuw.ac.nz
>     <mailto:nicole.gaston at vuw.ac.nz>>
>     Doctoral student in Information Studies
>     School of Information Management
>     23 Lambton Quay, Rutherford House 506
>     Victoria University of Wellington
>     New Zealand
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